Styes are very common, but everyone will have a slightly different experience. Yours may be different. The best way to know for sure that your problem isn’t something more serious – like an infection or eyelid cancer – is to have an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) examine it and possibly even biopsy it. Doctor Landmann is an ophthalmologist who specializes in eyelids. These are some general guidelines, but his experience from looking at thousands of eyelid lesions is what sets him apart. Here are some general guidelines:
Other symptoms which you may or may not have: red eyeball, red eyelid, watery eye or tearing, itching, burning, swollen eyelid, droopy eyelid, light sensitivity, crusties, mucous discharge, or a feeling that something is in your eye.
If you are still not 100% certain that you have a stye – then have a surgeon who specializes in eyelids take a look. You’ll also get great advice on how to treat it.